Headlight Upgrade R1100RS

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Headlight Upgrade R1100RS

Postby Jimniven » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:31 pm

hi guys,
Anybody have useful economical idea for headlamp upgrade for forthcoming trip where I may need more than candle power


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Re: Headlight Upgrade R1100RS

Postby Richard(Sande)Sanders » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:12 pm

I just use a 100/55w bulb in my R1100RT, straight swap for the original bulb (H4), & the
55w dip doesn't dazzle like a lot of the other alternatives. Jaythro posted the following in
a post about poor headlights:-
Check out Eastern Beaver headlamp looms

One of the problems is that the "power" has to travel through a LOT of wire to get there

What an Eastern beaver loom does is plug in where your headlamp connection was and it switches two relays that are fed directly from the battery

Its a great system as all the "old" wiring now is simply reduced to "switching" either a high and a low beam relay

And as the power is straight from the battery, the voltage drop is negligible and available power is therefore higher!

Its a simple switching low cost circuit and if anyone is interested I could maybe do a schematic (Cough cough Ced could do it much neater as he's more fussy than me! :-" :-" :-" )

N.B. just so there is absolutely no confusion!! The main Power feed (positive wire) to the New Relays should be fused as close as possible to the battery

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Re: Headlight Upgrade R1100RS

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:44 pm

I use an Osram 'NightRacer' high output headlamp bulb - Philips do something similar I believe.

The advantage of these high output bulbs is that the light output is greatly increased for the same standard wattage (60/55W) so the current through switches/relays/wiring remains the same.

The disadvantage is a higher price and shorter lifespan.
I don't ride with my headlight on during normal daylight so it has lasted well for me.

Made in H4 and H7 fittings.

Available on Ebay etc:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1x-OSRAM-H4- ... SwYHxWL2dP

Description:
http://vi.vipr.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAP ... cureDesc=0
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Re: Headlight Upgrade R1100RS

Postby Jockboxer » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:22 pm

Got an HID unit in the shed you can have for a few quid. Was on 11RT so will fit ok. Original will have to be fitted for MOT.

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Re: Headlight Upgrade R1100RS

Postby King Herald » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:05 pm

I use an Osram 'NightRacer' high output headlamp bulb - Philips do something similar I believe.

The advantage of these high output bulbs is that the light output is greatly increased for the same standard wattage (60/55W) so the current through switches/relays/wiring remains the same.

The disadvantage is a higher price and shorter lifespan.
I don't ride with my headlight on during normal daylight so it has lasted well for me.

Made in H4 and H7 fittings.

Available on Ebay etc:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1x-OSRAM-H4- ... SwYHxWL2dP

Just ordered one of these, sorting out my little ‘wish list’ of things that bug me about the bike. The headlight has always been atrocious.
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Re: Headlight Upgrade R1100RS

Postby MikeH » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:10 pm

One of the best upgrades to the headlight is the Eastern Beaver H4 Relay Kit. It improves light output even with the standard bulb. This is because the existing wiring loom on the R1100RS is poorly designed causing a voltage drop which limits the headlight power. I fitted this to my 1997 R1100RS and never needed a high wattage bulb.

https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiri ... _kits.html
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